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Holiday Safety Tips for Pet Owners

The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s time to deck the halls with all sorts of items that your pets would love to investigate. Doing so, however, can lead to unplanned trips to the vet or life threatening situations.

To help avoid these issues, make note of a few important safety tips:

Leftovers and Sweets
Table scraps can cause digestive issues as these often contain a large amount of spice and fat. Similarly, skip giving your pup a bone and opt for a chew toy that will entertain him.

Alcohol
In general, alcohol should always be kept away from pets. Drinks carts and bar items should be kept out of reach just in case your pet wanders near.

Poinsettia, Mistletoe and Holly
If you have a pet, it’s best to avoid these plants at all costs. The ingestion of just one or two leaves can cause immediate kidney failure and heart arrhythmia.

Garland/Tinsel
Cats especially see tinsel as a shiny new toy. While these items do not a poisoning risk, they can become lodged in your pet’s intestine and require surgery to remove.

Christmas trees, lights and ornaments
From the dangling lights to intriguing smells, pets always seem to be curious about Christmas trees. Avoid hanging ornaments and lights are lower hanging branches. Additionally, clean up fallen pine needles as they can puncture your pet’s intestines.

Prevent accidents before they happen by designating an area just for your pet during parties or large gatherings. Include food, water, toys and a bed in this area for maximum comfort. Make sure you also have contact information for a 24 hour vet in case of an emergency.

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